If you want a popular Instagram account or thousands of likes on your Facebook profile pictures, there’s only one thing for it; making sure your selfie game is strong. I’m not shy when it comes to uploading a selfie or two, so I thought I’d share a few dos and don’ts to help you make sure your selfies are all on point!
Use High Angles
Hold your camera at a high angle and snap from there. This is the most flattering angle as it slims your face – even Kim Kardashian said so when she took a selfie with Ant and Dec at the Brit awards. You can even use selfie tools for this, like one of those new fandangled sticks!
Take a Snap in the Mirror
If you want your outfit in the picture, take a mirror selfie. You might need to mess around with angles a bit to get it just right. I always end up holding my phone at a dodgy angle to get it all in, but it looks so much better!
You may have noticed that I like to pretend there are 2 of me on my Instagram page and even sometimes on my blog from time to time. I suppose this is personal preference, but I just like the way it looks. Two is better than one, right? I use an app like Diptic to create this effect, and I’m really anal about making sure it’s symmetrical! I think Charlotte from Geordie Shore even does this sometimes…so there.
Upload the Entire Picture
Instagram can be annoying sometimes, especially if you’ve taken a spectacular selfie and then you have to crop it so it’s square. This could mean cutting out some of your hair and outfit, so what do you do? Download an app like Instasize to fit the whole thing in! With an app like this you’ll never need to crop again, plus, you can get that oh so trendy white border around all of your pictures.
Pick the Best Filter
Another Instagram secret of mine; I don’t use the filters that come with the app. I have a whole separate app called VSCOcam for that. I think these filters look much better on my feed, and they enhance the colours in the pictures nicely. Yes; I have to do a lot of moving from app to app when I take a selfie, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get her selfie out there.
Experiment With Lighting
Nothing annoys me more than when I see a selfie looking all grainy. Why would you take selfies in the dark, girlfriend? Nobody can see your pretty face! Try to take them in natural light or at least where you can get a clear picture.
Have Fun With It
Experiment with your selfie! Have fun – change up your background, pull some funny faces, use a personalised selfie frame – keep things interesting and varied as much as you can.
- Please don’t pull that ridiculous duck face that’s all over the place lately (I’m looking at you Kylie Jenner). Just smile. If you want to go for the moody look, then do it, but don’t stick your lips out so much. You’re not fooling anybody honey!
- Don’t upload a selfie where you can see up your nostrils. This angle is always unflattering and gives a double chin.
- Don’t neglect to pay attention to your background. Charlotte Crosby recently uploaded a mirror selfie with a pair of her dirty knickers right next to her, in true Charlotte Crosby style. Your background shouldn’t be too distracting, and definitely shouldn’t contain dirty knickers.
Do you have any selfie dos and don’ts you’d like to share? Leave a comment!